‘the minutes’ signalled her return to electronica and in an “if it ain’t broke…” move, ‘Other’ is produced and co-written with Guy Sigsworth who worked on its predecessor. With a mature and observational approach to her lyrics, key tracks on ‘Other’ include the heady synthpop of ‘Happy Giddy’ and the bluesy electro rock of ‘Beautiful Gun’ which is reminiscent of two former classmates whose ‘Songs Of Faith Of Devotion’ reflected similar climes.
But the album is launched with the icy new single ‘Reassuring Pinches’. Deliciously dark but accessible, it borrows its aural aesthetic from the theme tune to the acclaimed Netflix drama ‘Stranger Things’.
‘Reassuring Pinches’ is shaped by brooding synth arpeggios that will appeal to YAZOO fans, while Moyet’s reliably powerful vocal performance compliments Sigsworth’s intricate but dynamic electronic soundtrack as “All the thirsty beasts come down to drink”. In keeping with the song’s glitch vibe, the stark video sees cut-up techniques employed alongside hazy deep red and monochromatic filters.
Moyet says the new album covers topics ranging from “Dyslexia, locked-out syndrome, diversity, Persephone, doggedness and the Internet”, but ultimately it’s about isolation and with her proud French heritage, recent political events have no doubt been on her mind. “Some of us have always felt ‘Other’” she remarks, “I no longer wish it were otherwise.”
‘Other’ is released as a CD, vinyl LP and download by Cooking Vinyl on 16th June 2017
ALISON MOYET’s ‘The Other Tour’ 2017, Ireland + UK dates include:
Cork Opera House (27th October), Dublin Olympia Theatre (28th October), Belfast Ulster Hall (29th October), Gateshead Sage (31st October), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (1st November), Edinburgh Usher Hall (2nd November), Ipswich Regent Theatre (4th November), Reading Hexagon (5th November), Oxford New Theatre (7th November), Brighton Dome (8th November), Birmingham Symphony Hall (9th November), Southend Cliffs Pavilion (11th November), Cambridge Corn Exchange (12th November), London Palladium (14th November), London Palladium (15th November), Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre (16th November), Cardiff St David’s Hall (18th November), York Barbican (19th November), Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Hall (20th November), Manchester Bridgewater Hall (22nd November), Bristol Colston Hall (23rd November), Warwick Arts Centre (24th November), Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (26th November), Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (27th November), Southampton 02 Guildhall (28th November)
European dates include:
Oslo Rockefeller (3rd December), Odense Odeon (4th December), Stockholm Berns (5th December), Antwerp De Roma (7th December), Amsterdam Paradiso (8th December), Cologne Kantine (9th December), Berlin Huxleys Neue Welt (11th December), Hamburg Gruenspan (12th December), Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal (13th December), Karlsruhe Substage (15th December), Vienna SIMM City (16th December), Milan Fabrique (17th December), Zürich X-tra (19th December), Paris L’Alhambra (20th December)
Please visit http://alisonmoyet.com/ for details on tour dates in North America, Australia and New Zealand
Text by Chi Ming Lai
10th May 2017